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Pale Rider -- A nameless stranger who rides into a small California gold rush town finds himself in the middle of a feud between a mining syndicate and a group of independent prospectors.
Pale Rider -- A mysterious preacher protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land.

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Director:
Writers:
Michael Butler (written by) &
Dennis Shryack (written by)
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Release Date:
28 June 1985 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Hell comes home See more »
Plot:
A mysterious preacher protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Death Rides a Pale Horse! See more (129 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... Preacher

Michael Moriarty ... Hull Barret

Carrie Snodgress ... Sarah Wheeler

Chris Penn ... Josh LaHood (as Christopher Penn)

Richard Dysart ... Coy LaHood

Sydney Penny ... Megan Wheeler

Richard Kiel ... Club

Doug McGrath ... Spider Conway

John Russell ... Stockburn
Charles Hallahan ... McGill
Marvin J. McIntyre ... Jagou

Fran Ryan ... Ma Blankenship
Richard Hamilton ... Jed Blankenship
Graham Paul ... Ev Gossage
Chuck Lafont ... Eddie Conway (as Chuck LaFont)

Jeffrey Weissman ... Teddy Conway
Allen Keller ... Tyson

Randy Oglesby ... Elam (as Tom Oglesby)

Herman Poppe ... Ulrik Lindquist
Kathleen Wygle ... Bess Gossage

Terrence Evans ... Jake Henderson
Jim Hitson ... Biggs
Loren Adkins ... Bossy
Thomas H. Friedkin ... Miner Tom (as Tom Friedkin)

S.A. Griffin ... Deputy Folke
Jack Radosta ... Deputy Grissom
Robert Winley ... Deputy Kobold

Billy Drago ... Deputy Mather
Jeffrey Josephson ... Deputy Sedge

John Dennis Johnston ... Deputy Tucker

Michael Adams ... Horseman (as Mike Adams)

Clay M. Lilley ... Horseman (as Clay Lilley)

Gene Hartline ... Horseman
R.L. Tolbert ... Horseman
Clifford Happy ... Horseman (as Cliff Happy)
Ross Loney ... Horseman
Larry Randles ... Horseman
Mike H. McGaughy ... Horseman (as Mike McGaughy)
Jerry Gatlin ... Horseman (as Gerry Gatlin)
Lloyd Nelson ... Bank Teller
Jay K. Fishburn ... Telegrapher
George Orrison ... Stationmaster Whitey
Milton Murrill ... Porter
Mike Munsey ... Dentist / Barber
Keith Dillin ... Blacksmith
Buddy Van Horn ... Stage Driver (as Wayne Van Horn)
Fritz Manes ... Stage Rider
Glenn Wright ... Stage Rider

Directed by
Clint Eastwood 
 
Writing credits
Michael Butler (written by) &
Dennis Shryack (written by)

Produced by
Clint Eastwood .... producer
Fritz Manes .... executive producer
David Valdes .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Lennie Niehaus 
 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joel Cox 
 
Production Design by
Edward C. Carfagno  (as Edward Carfagno)
 
Set Decoration by
Ernie Bishop 
 
Makeup Department
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist
Barbara Guedel .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Fritz Manes .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Earl Beesley .... second assistant director
L. Dean Jones Jr. .... second assistant director
David Valdes .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Edward Aiona .... property master (as Eddie Aiona)
Airick Kredell .... lead man
Bob Lawless .... stand-by painter
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator
Robert E. Sessa .... set designer (as Bob Sessa)
Jay Newington .... set dresser: Sonora (uncredited)
Scott Nifong .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Donald A. Bolger .... cable man (as Donald L. Bolger)
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert G. Henderson .... supervising sound effects editor (as Bob Henderson)
C. Darin Knight .... sound mixer
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound effects editor
Vern Poore .... sound re-recording mixer
Jules Strasser .... boom man
Brooke Henderson Ward .... assistant sound editor (as Brooke Henderson)
 
Special Effects by
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects
Jeffrey A. Wischnack .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Kerrie Cullen .... stunts
Tom Ellison .... stunts
Bob Herron .... stunts
Leroy Hershkowitz .... stunts
Walt La Rue .... stunts
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator (as Wayne Van Horn)
James Winburn .... stunts (as Jim Winburn)
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene Hartline .... stunts (uncredited)
George Orrison .... stunt double: Clint Eastwood (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Ayer .... best boy
Kirk Bales .... dolly grip (as Kirk E. Bales)
Brad Edmiston .... camera assistant
Buzz Feitshans IV .... camera assistant
Jack N. Green .... camera operator (as Jack Green)
Leo J. Napolitano .... additional camera operator (as Leo Napolitano)
Marcia Reed .... still photographer
Charles Saldana .... key grip
Bruce D. Spellman .... second grip (as Bruce Spellman)
Stephen St. John .... additional camera operator
Baird Steptoe .... camera assistant
Tom Stern .... gaffer
Tama Takahashi .... camera assistant
Mike Thomas .... camera assistant
Bill Young .... dolly grip (as William C. Young)
Víctor Pérez .... lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Phyllis Huffman .... casting executive
Christopher Gorman .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Darryl M. Athons .... wardrobe: men (as Darryl Athons)
Deborah Hopper .... wardrobe: women (as Deborah Ann Hopper)
Glenn Wright .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Jack Garsha .... color timer
John Morrisey .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Donald Harris .... music editor
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Keith Dillin .... transportation captain
H. William Miller .... transportation coordinator (as Bill Miller)
 
Other crew
Marco Barla .... unit publicist
Paul A. Calabria .... animal handler (as Paul Calabria)
Jay K. Fishburn .... wrangler
Judie Hoyt .... assistant to producers
Linda Sony Kinney .... production secretary
Michael Maurer .... assistant to producers
Michael Maurer .... auditor
Bill McCamby .... first aid
Karin McElhatton .... animal handler (as Karin Dew)
Lloyd Nelson .... script supervisor
Jim Porter .... first aid
Elise Ganz .... studio teacher (uncredited)
Bill McCamey .... first aid nurse (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
115 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The music that plays in the teaser trailer is Alan Hawkshaw's "Best Endeavours" which was the longstanding theme music for Britain's Channel Four news.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: During the final gunfight, one of the gunslingers walks under a roof overhang on the side of a building where what appears to be a pair of aluminum colored floodlight housings can be seen.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Megan Wheeler:Lindsey.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Eastwood Factor (2010) (V)See more »

FAQ

Why did the big guy, Club, help out the Preacher while he was dynamiting LaHood's mining camp?
Why didn't Barret use another method to remove the boulder in the stream instead of trying to break it apart with a sledgehammer?
Why did the Preacher say that Spider was a brave man if he'd been drunk and disorderly when he was killed?
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57 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
Death Rides a Pale Horse!, 6 March 2005
Author: (bsmith5552@rogers.com) from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

"Pale Rider" is Producer/Director/Star Clint Eastwood's unofficial remake of George Stevens' "Shane" (1953). I've never heard that he's acknowledged it as such but the two stories are more than a little similar. The film also presents Eastwood in another variation of his "man with no name" character, similar to the one he portrayed in "High Plains Drifter" (1973).

The story begins with a raid on a small mining community by rival miners trying to drive the residents off of their claims and take them over. Among the miners are Hull Barret (Michael Moriarity), his intended Sarah Wheller (Carrie Snodgrass) and her budding teenage daughter Megan (Sydney Penny). When Megan's dog is killed during the raid, she prays for someone to help her against the oppressors.

Out of the mist comes a mysterious stranger (Eastwood), whom the scriptural passage Megan is reading describes him as "death riding a pale horse". The stranger saves Barret from a beating at the hands of the town bullies and comes home with him wherein he reveals himself to be a preacher. We learn that mining magnate Coy La Hood (Richard Dysart) and his son Josh (Christopher Penn) are behind all of the troubles.

When LaHood's men including McGill (Charles Hallahan and the gigantic Club (Richard Kiel) are unable to handle this preacher, he sends for gunslinging Marshal Stockburn (John Russell) and his six deputies. Meanwhile, one of the miners, Spider Conway (Doug McGrath) goes into town alone after striking it rich and is goaded into a gunfight with Stockburn & Co. Conway is brutally gunned down in front of his two young sons after which Stockburn tells the boys to tell the preacher to meet him on the street the following morning.

The preacher then goes to retrieve a strong box containing his hardware and into which he tosses his preacher's collar. He and Barret then start for town where............

Eastwood's character as in "High Plains Drifter" appears to embody elements of the supernatural. We see the scars of several bullet holes in his back and at one point is recognized by Stockburn as someone he had killed years before. The teen-aged Megan throws herself at the preacher (she's only 14 in the story) but he wisely (for the sake of the censors) let's her down easy while having an eye for her mother.

The comparison between this film and "Shane" is inevitable. In "Shane we have the squatters versus the cattlemen; here its between the powerful miner and the "tin panners". There's the solitary gunfighter who helps out the underdogs, the vicious hired gun, the loner who gets gunned down in the street, the bad guy who turns good and the hero who rides off into the sunset all common to both films.

Though not Eastwood's best western it is nevertheless good enough to wish that he had made more of them.

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